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Alzheimer’s – Symptoms & Diagnosis

10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. . . . → Read More: 10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has found an apparent link between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. The new study was published on January 21, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

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Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, as found that among people age 90 and older, poor ability to walk, stand up, maintain balance, and perform other physical tasks was . . . → Read More: Decline in Physical Abilities Linked to Increased Risk for Dementia Among 90 Year Olds, Study Finds

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Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health. The Health Alert, entitled “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health,” . . . → Read More: Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

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Alzheimer's Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer's Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

Alzheimer’s Community Care (ACC), a non-profit organization, has announced that its 2012 Alzheimer’s Educational Conference, with Keynote speaker Dan Rather, will be held May 31 and June 1, 2012, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Palm Beach, . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Community Care Announces 2012 Alzheimer’s Educational Conference May 31-June 1, 2012

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The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 issued a substantial new report showing that, with populations aging, cases of dementia are expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050. The report calls upon nations to address this pandemic-size . . . → Read More: The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

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New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer's Diagnosis Guidelines

A new study published February 6 in the Archives of Neurology, a journal of the American Medical Association, has questioned the wisdom of a new expanded definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a precursor stage to Alzheimer’s disease. The . . . → Read More: New Study Questions Definition of Mild Cognitive Impairment in New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines

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Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer’s within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. . . . → Read More: Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer’s

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September is World Alzheimer's Month; September 21 is Alzheimer's Action Day

The Alzheimer’s Association has declared September “World Alzheimer’s Month,” a time to place focus on Alzheimer’s and the need for public education, awareness and action to combat the “Alzheimer’s Epidemic” that threatens the world as populations age. As part . . . → Read More: September is World Alzheimer’s Month; September 21 is Alzheimer’s Action Day

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Can a New Blood Test Detect Alzheimer's?

Scientists in New Jersey now say they have developed a new, simple blood test that can identify the presence of Alzheimer’s with 96% accuracy, and rule out the presence of Alzheimer’s with 92.5% accuracy, in a sample of persons . . . → Read More: Can a New Blood Test Detect Alzheimer’s?

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New Study Finds Alzheimer’s Disease Misdiagnosed in 50% of Cases

A new study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting April 9 to April 16, 2011, found that Alzheimer’s Disease was misdiagnosed in 50% of cases, according to a press release issued by the . . . → Read More: New Study Finds Alzheimer’s Disease Misdiagnosed in 50% of Cases

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FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of a New Brain Scan Test to Detect Alzheimers

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, an Advisory Committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously recommended FDA approval of a new brain dye product that would for the first time enable a brain scan to show whether . . . → Read More: FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of a New Brain Scan Test to Detect Alzheimers

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Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

A study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published in the Jan. 7 issue of Cell, found the presence of a protein antibody in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients that was not present to the same . . . → Read More: Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

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Finding Alzheimer’s Before a Mind Fails

Finding Alzheimer’s Before a Mind Fails, NYTimes.com, Alzheimer’s seems to strike suddenly in old age, but scientists believe it begins long before symptoms occur. »Read More

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Symptoms and Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Disease: Symptoms and Diagnosis, NIH Senior Health website, National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Library of Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Also contains good, basic information on Alzheimer’s Disease defined, causes . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease: Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Early On

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Early On, Science Daily, A scientific discovery about decreased levels of a certain brain chemical in those with early stage Alzheimer’s may improve the earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementias and help patients make decisions about how . . . → Read More: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Early On

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10 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

10 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, ThirdAge, A list of 10 symptoms that may predict Alzheimer’s. »View Info

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Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s

Researchers find that a spinal-fluid test can be 100% accurate in predicting early on-set of Alzheimer’s.  Read more in NYTimes.com.. Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com.

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